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Speak the Language: Flowers and What They Mean

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Have you heard of the phrase, “Say it with flowers?” The language of flowers, or floriography, grew in popularity during the Victorian times, when flower arrangements were used to convey coded messages in society. The secret language of flowers can be used to communicate one’s feelings, moods, and style.

In different cultures throughout history, flowers have become associated with multiple meanings and varied symbolisms.

Watch this video to find out how to express yourself using different types of real or artificial flowers.

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Speaker 1: The Secret Language of Flowers, a Balsam Hill guide to choosing the perfect blossoms. Casablanca lilies represent celebration. Their colors are associated with other symbolisms. Pink, ambition and encouragement. White, admiration and virtue.

Peonies generally represent good fortune but their colors express various meanings. White, forgiveness and acceptance. Pink, devotion and romance.

The tulip represents dignity, beauty, and simplicity. Orange, symbolizes enthusiasm and desire. Pink, good wishes and care. Yellow, cheerfulness and friendship.

The snapdragon is known for its resilience and vivid colors. Yellow, happiness and good luck. Orange, passion and joy. Pink, beauty and affection. White, charm and enchantment.

Red roses are a timeless symbol for love but roses of different colors convey other special qualities. Ivory, respect and optimism. Peach, warmth and appreciation.

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Whether used in a flower arrangement for decoration or as a bouquet to gift on a special occasion, flowers easily add beauty and charm to any setting. Discover the language of flowers with this list of what popular flowers represent:

Casablanca Lily

With its unique trumpet shape, the Casablanca Lily represents celebration. It also connotes prestige and luxury, because of its history with European royalty. The different colors of this flower also have other meanings: Pink blooms symbolize ambition and encouragement, while white blooms are a sign of admiration.


Famous in North America, Southern Europe, and Asia, the Peony represents beauty. These blossoms are said to bring good fortune. If you plan to move soon, adorning your new home with peonies is a great way to brighten your rooms. Peonies make a good gift to newlyweds as they also represent happy marriage, good health, and prosperity.


The Tulip is known for its simplistic beauty. Its bright yellow and orange colors represent cheerfulness and optimism. Pink tulips express your care and good wishes for another.


Snapdragons can thrive in the harshest environments so they are a symbol of strength and graciousness. They also mean enduring beauty or dignity under pressure. Its yellow and orange blooms mean happiness, friendship, and enthusiasm. Pink is a great alternative to the red rose to express affection, while white can be a charming addition to any home.


The timeless symbol of love, the Rose has different colors that convey different meanings. While red roses symbolize passionate romance, the lighter peach hues represent the love between friends and family, and ivory-colored roses mean respect and new beginnings.

Know that you’re familiar with the language of flowers, you can choose countless ways to express yourself using artificial flower arrangements.

For more artificial florals that that last all season and beyond, visit Balsam Hill.

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